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Naturepedic Organic Mattress Review

This is my Naturepedic Organic Mattress Review, which was generously gifted to us. In this blog post, I share my experience and candid thoughts with the EOS Classic Organic Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To say that we were excited to be gifted a king-size mattress from Naturepedic is one gigantic understatement! We were so thrilled to have the chance to try out this mattress. Since initially researching this brand, we have been so impressed by the materials. Now, we are experiencing how good it feels (and it’s only been a few weeks).

About Naturepedic Organic Mattresses:

(exerpt directly from from the Naturepedic website)

When it comes to your health and a good night’s sleep, there’s just no room for compromise. Naturepedic was founded by passionate sleepers who wanted the absolute safest and healthiest mattress without having to sacrifice comfort or support. Naturepedic also recognizes that no two sleepers are exactly alike, and believes strongly in customizable mattress design. Years of research and testing have gone into the development and refinement of our products and we are happy to share our learnings with you.

The Problem

There is growing concern among physicians, health professionals, public safety officials, environmental advocacy groups, and consumers regarding the possible effects of chemicals on our bodies. Many researchers suspect that toxic chemicals are playing a significant role in the dramatic increase in cancers and other illnesses, placing an impossible burden on our immune systems. Your bedroom, and mattress in particular, should be a safe haven for rejuvination, not another source of chemicals.

Adults typicaly spend 6-9 hours a day sleeping and relaxing on their mattress. Since the mattress is in such close proximity to our bodies and the air we breathe for such a prolonged period of time, it can easily become a significant source of chemical exposure. In fact, every breath while sleeping is no more than six inches away from these chemicals. Conventional mattresses are notorious for releasing chemicals like VOCs and aldehydes, making an organic mattress a smart choice.

The Solution

Remove chemicals such as flame retardants, adhesives, vinyl, polyurethane foam, perfluorinated compounds and other questionable chemicals from the products we surround ourselves with and replace them with more natural non-toxic ingredients that don’t carry the same risk.

At Naturepedic, we believe that education is the key to making the right decisions for your health. Naturepedic has become the standard for healthier organic mattresses and offers a much needed solution to the chemical and safety issues, as well as the quality and comfort concerns, of today’s discerning consumers.

 

I was fascinated to learn more about the engineering of this mattress, how many layers it is comprised of, and how Naturepedic chooses the highest quality materials to construct it.

Check out these materials! Sleeping on a mattress made of organic materials helps limit your exposure to toxic chemicals, as many mattresses can contain toxic chemicals that are included in the manufacturing process. We are new to this (this is our first mattress of this kind) but so happy to have this peace of mind now.

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A few additional points about EOS Classic Organic Mattress, from the founder himself, Barry Cik:

  • Certified organic to the GOTS standard (the whole mattress, not just components)
  • Virtually entirely free of petroleum based materials
  • Not highly flammable, and easily meets the government flammability requirements without needing flame retardant chemicals or flame barriers.
  • The “best” part: no matter how organic and non-toxic a mattress is, that’s not enough.  It must be as, or more, comfortable as any other mattress.  And, frequently, I’ll tell people that even if you don’t care about chemicals, etc., this is the best mattress simply because it’s the most comfortable.  Why?  Because we add a zipper, you can flip up the top, you can have soft or medium or firm latex, and you can have plusher or firmer encased coils.
  • So, you can sleep on Jello if that’s what you want, or concrete if that’s what you want, or anything in-between.
  • Then, it gets better – why do you have to put up with your partners preferred firmness, and why does your partner have to put up with your preferred firmness?  The EOS Classic lets each partner design what firmness they want.
  • You can even swap components for free for 90 days and just pay the shipping.  Years later, if you want a different firmness, you can simply buy a new component without having to throw out the entire mattress. Because of this, this model is the most sustainable design.

My Experience with the Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress

To start off, I just feel immensely grateful that Luke and I get to sleep on this every night. It’s been our dream for a while now to upgrade to a king-size bed. The fact that our upgrade mattress contains consciously-chosen organic materials and handcrafted to perfection–well, it’s something that we never could have imagined would be a reality.

Our delivery from Naturepedic came with:

-1 king-size bed frame

-2 twin-sized mattresses (that you combine in the layered, zip-up case that creates the kind-size bed)

-2 twin sized box springs (they work similarly to the mattresses as far as placing them next to each other to achieve the king-size proportions)

*This affords you the ability to choose two different firmnesses for each respective side of the bed. This way, you and your partner have a customized bed that best suits you. Also worth mentioning, after construction of the bed layers, you cannot tell (at all) that there are two twin-sized components.

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Assembly of our Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress

The total time that it took us to assemble our mattress (including unpacking each piece) was about 1.5 hours. It didn’t feel like it took that long, but we did take our time and read through the directions at our own pace. That time also includes setting up the bed frame.

My fiancee, Luke, did the majority of the leg work and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it without his help, as moving heavy objects and using a wrench was way less intimidating with him helping.

The instructions + product information came handy in the package and were easy to understand & implement.

The cozy, fluffy layer lays on top of the coils inside of the outer casing that zips up all the way around. This structure allows you to explains implements if you ever want a different padding firmness, etc.

Like all of the materials in this mattress, the cotton used is organic.

The final, assembled mattress is beautiful. We were so excited to sleep in for the very first night! (and every night after)

Sleeping on the Naturepedic King-Size EOS Classic Organic Mattress

Laying down on this mattress for the first time reminds me of sinking into a meditation or getting bodywork done. I immediately felt the tightness in my body release and all noticeable stiffness throughout my body dissipate.

It feels like laying on a supported cloud. The support is the perfect firmness for my preference. We opted to get a firmness of 6 on both sides of our bed. This firmness was offered up to us as a suggestion, since many high-end hotel beds are around this firmness. It was the right choice; we both love the feel of it.

Size-wise, we have always dreamt of a king-size bed as Luke and I are both 5’9″ and I am a sprawl-out type of sleeper. So, the more room, the better! Not to mention that our black labrador, Kona, loves to join us in bed. We now have space to comfortably lay with all 3 of us having plenty of room.

So, How’s the Sleep?

I can confidently say that Luke and I have both experienced much deeper sleep than usual since sleeping on the Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress. On multiple mornings, we have both woken up, looked at each other and laughed because we knew how deep of a sleep we just had. There are few better feelings than that!

Thoughts About Organic Materials

In regards to the organic, mindfully-sourced materials that this mattress is made of, my fiancee and I still feel like we are learning in regards to the importance of sleep hygiene and all of the variables that we can control. Of course there are small adjustments you can make, like wearing a sleep mask or putting up black-out blinds.

But, what deserves the most attention is what your body is in contact with your every minute of every hour that you are sleeping. If you think about how many hours of your life you are horizontal on your bed, it adds up quickly. It also makes sense that the materials would matter.

For instance, many mattresses are known to contain toxic chemicals and flame retardants that you are essentially surrounded by when you sleep on those mattresses. It makes sense to us that over time, breathing them in can’t be a good thing. It’s something that we have ignored for many years, but it’s something we are more aware of now and really loving that I can help spread knowledge surrounding that.

A special thank you to Leah at Bookieboo for introducing me to such a stellar organic brand and Barry at Naturepedic for his generosity in gifting us such a beautiful product.

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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

This post contains a Big Berkey Water Filter System Review.

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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Berkey:

This powerful water filter purifies both treated water and untreated raw water. Including: such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The versatile Big Berkey Water Filter removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites. It also extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

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Specs of the Big Berkey

The Big Berkey is constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel. The system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This water filter has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey™ Purification Elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.

*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.

Big Berkey Water Filter Removes:

The powerful Black Berkey™ purification elements also remove or reduce viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, heavy metals, foul tastes and odors. Yet, they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.

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Why a Berkey Filter?

The water my family and I drink has always been in the forefront of my mind and at the top of my priority list in regards to health. I do not go the bottled water route for a few reasons:

1. Bottled water is typically bottled in questionable plastic (made in large amounts, often containing BPA and other potentially other harmful substances).

2. Bottled water is not cost efficient! Investing in a filter for your home will ultimately save you money and is more convenient, to boot.

3. The water in bottled water sits in that same container for potentially months before it is actually consumed. This means that whatever that plastic is made of is having a gigantic window of time to leach into the water.

Those are a few reasons that made me choose a Big Berkey for my family’s drinking water supply. Berkey also offers fluoride filters (without getting into an elaborate discussion about fluoride–I’ll just say I avoid it).

Benefits of Using a Berkey:

-Takes heavy metals out of our water

-heavy metals cause a multitude of health defects including hormone disruption, brain fog and chronic inflammation)

-Strips contaminants from water so you don’t ingest them

-As scary as it sounds: parasites, pharmaceuticals, environmental pollutants and mold can all be present in our water supply. Each of those will impact your health negatively, especially through daily exposure through drinking water.

-You’ll experience increased health overall

-I notices that my skin is clearer, I sleep better, my energy levels are higher and my tests came back very low for toxic contamination in my system.

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Daily Life With Our Big Berkey

This filter sits in our kitchen and is our source of water for drinking, cooking, making coffee, filling up our dog’s water bowl–you name it. I would say that we use quite a bit of water! I’m frequently making almond milk, brewing coffee, making smoothies and filling up blender bottles. All of these activities require water from that filter.

We keep a big pitcher next to the Berkey for a quick fill up. We usually have to refill the filtering tank every 1-2 days. It’s not inconvenient, and only takes a few minutes a day. All in all, we love our Berkey filter and are happy to have it as a staple in our daily routine.

I recommend this filter to everyone! Even my parents & brother own one.

I highly recommend this filter to anyone–especially families looking for a non-contaminated source of water. This size works well for us! But, Berkey also makes them bigger and also smaller (more portable) with the same thorough filtering. You don’t need to replace the filters until they’ve filtered 3,000 gallons of water, or 6,000 gallons for two filter elements (we have two). For us, I believe it will end up being every 3 years.

Rebl Jane Stress Fighter Review + Coupon Code

This post is: Rebl Jane Stress Fighter Review + Coupon Code. All opinions are my own 🙂

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With an active (sometimes nonstop-feeling) lifestyle of CrossFit, drinking heaps of coffee, outdoorsing with our black lab Kona, my energy levels get expended and my adrenal health I’m sure suffers at times.

Also, life has been extra full lately. All the good stuff, but nonetheless, demanding a lot from me. We recently became homeowners for the first time, got engaged, are planning a budget-friendly wedding, started a new full-time position for a start up coffee shop here in Kansas City, all in addition to trying to keep myself healthy, fit and our dog active and happy.

It’s a lot. I don’t always get enough sleep and I often am poor at managing my stress + keeping my mind clear.

I know that I can’t expect my body to be go-go-go all the time without repercussions. Eventually, I will bonk.

Howeverrrrrr, it’s so dang cool that there is an herbal product like this one that can help support my body so that I can keep up this pace and not bonk.

I’ve been a big fan and advocate for herbal healing and using herbs to supplement and elevate a healthy lifestyle for many years now. I prefer that approach over taking anything artificial, hands-down. Exploring natural methods is always my first route.

I’m so glad to have been introduced to this product, Stress Fighter, and company Rebl Jane because sometimes this populated world of supplements is challenging to navigate. It’s tough to find products that truly apply to your own goals and body. Also, not all supplements are created equally, most are full of artificial crap, and there is a sea of them; many of which using marketing tactics to convince you that there product is good.

Just like with any other supplement that contains real + natural + pure ingredients, the fact is not a drastic reaction where you feel it immediately. Natural herbal healing is slow, true and effective. The upside is that it is safe, free of adverse side effects and achieves actual healing verses being a band-aid on your health issues. Rebalancing your hormones and body’s stress response takes some time if you want to achieve balance and feeling truly good.

I’ve been taking this product as directed and I am about a month in. Going along with the aforementioned life happs for us, my plate is probably as full as it’s ever been. It has been a perfect time to test out a supplement that helps me deal with stress.

Stress Fighter contains natural plants (herbs) that are adaptogenic in nature. If you aren’t yet familiar with adaptogenic foods, GET FAMILIAR! Adaptogenic foods and those that help your body adapt to stress and maintain a healthy state of balance/homeostasis.

Why should you care? Well, because a body that is less burdened by stress is healthier. Your hormones levels with self-regulate more efficiently, your sleep will be more fulfilling, unicorns will run through your house while doing your laundry. Okay, maybe not that last part, but you get the point. Lowering stress makes EVERYTHING better for you. Your health will skyrocket if you master your stress-fighting toolbox.

So, what most people probably want to know about a product they’re interested in is…..”does it work?” or “do you notice a difference?” or “would you buy more when you run out?”

My answers to those:

-Yes. Also, it’s one piece of a puzzle that also includes movement, a healthy mind and good nutrition (focusing on anti-inflammatory foods)

-Absolutely. It feels like a secret (health) weapon.

-Yes, I would.

Just like any other supplement, I believe that the key is to take it in addition to drinking plenty of water, listening to your body and adding it into an already-mindful way of eating and fueling your body. I don’t treat my body like crap and then expect one supplement to solve all of my problems. I truly treat it like a supplement that can add to and elevate my already healthy lifestyle. Doing it that way, I can tell it works well. It gives me an added edge. I can keep up my fast pace, but still feel vital, capable and healthful.

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Sovereign Labs Leaky Gut Healing Supplements

This post is about my experience trying Sovereign Laboratories products that I picked out to be geared towards my leaky gut healing protocol.

They generously provided them to me, free of charge. Very grateful for the chance to try these high quality products.

A lot has transpired in the last few years, even more so in the last months in regards to my own personal health. There’s been lots of constant experimentation with nutrition, timing of eating (intermittent fasting, etc.) and supplementation.

I find out pretty quickly what makes a difference and what does not, as I have a fairly high level of awareness around how I feel and how my body is operating.

Gut health has always been a main focus of mine; as it’s vital and it impacts every single aspect of health from hormones, to energy levels, to sleep patterns, etc. When my gut is healthy, I can tell that it is. I feel my best, I have no bloating and I feel like I can take on anything.

Here are the Sovereign Laboratories products I’ve been using over the last few months:

Colostrum (Liposomal Delivery)

Colostrum-LD® is a targeted immune support supplement designed for daily use in people of all ages. Colostrum provides critical bioactive components that assist the human immune system to perform the functions it was designed to do. Bovine (cow) colostrum is an ideal supplement because it is plentiful and biologically transferrable to humans.

Colostrum-LD® contains first-milking bovine colostrum that has been flash pasteurized, low heat dried, and instantized for maximum safety, solubility and efficacy. Proprietary LD Liposomal Delivery™ ensures that colostrum’s bioactive components can survive transit through the digestive tract and are well-absorbed into the bloodstream. Colostrum-LD® is certified to contain a minimum of 25-30% immunoglobulins, 1.5% lactoferrin, 1.5% growth factors and 3.5-5% colostrum peptides (PRPs).

Vital C (Liposomal Delivery)

Vital C-LD® was developed to prolong the biological activity and beneficial biochemical functions that are vitamin C-dependent, target multiple metabolic areas and promote valuable benefits in human health.

Vital C-LD® is a proprietary preparation of ascorbic acid with citrus bioflavonoids and lipid metabolites from natural vegetable sources (Liposomal Delivery). Liposomal Delivery is important to the bioavailability of the Vitamin C, and increases it up to 1500% versus vitamin C without Liposomal Delivery. Liposomal delivery is essential for the vitamin C to travel intact through the stomach and into the intestines by which the specific lipid metabolites contained in Vital C-LD® enhance its entry into the cells.†

IRM – Immune Response Modulator

IRM is recommended daily for general health or in times of stress to help bring immune system back into balance. Recommended for overall immune system support. This concentration of colostrum polypeptides supports a healthy immune system.†

Viralox

Viralox® oral spray is a powerful concentration of Lactopeptide, a proprietary combination of Proline-Rich Polypeptides and Lactoferrin peptides.

Viralox contains concentrated PRP-2s and lactoferrin which has been clinically proven to eliminate infections, especially viral infections. The antimicrobial PRP-2s stimulate the immune system to fight off viral infections and lactoferrin blocks the viruses from entering healthy cells. Viralox is great for children in daycare or school where germs are everywhere. Daily use in pediatric patients helps reduce infections by up to 74% and antibiotic use by up to 84%.

Stomach Armor

Clinical studies show GastroDefense® Stomach Armor® is a superior formula for bowel and immune health. This proprietary formula of Colostrum-LD®, Zinc, Calcium Carbonate, Hidrox®, six probiotics and peppermint oil promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Additional benefits include: helps protect against occasional diarrhea and constipation; increased nutrient absorption; reduced bloating†

GastroDefense Daily Therapy

Peer reviewed clinical studies show GastroDefense® Daily Therapy is a superior formula for bowel health and the only formula which contains sufficient amounts of the most trusted probiotics. This proprietary formula of six probiotics, inulin, oat fiber, and bovine colostrum promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria,. Additional benefits include: ; protection against occasional diarrhea and constipation; increased nutrient absorption; reduced stomach fat; and maintains healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range.†

GastroDefense Overnight Cleanse

The first clinically proven, all-natural Himalayan herbal formula for overnight cleansing and relief from occasional constipation. Comparison clinical studies with popular remedies show GastroDefense™ Overnight Cleanse to provide superior benefits. No other formula has been shown to be as effective, yet gentle, non-habit forming.

My Experience with the Sovereign Laboratories products:

I’ve been taking these as suggested/directed over the last few months and I honestly feel the healthiest I’ve ever been.

Along with really dialing in my nutrition (eating mostly vegan keto and only drinking a fatty coffee until lunch time), these supplements have helped me mend my gut and take my health to another level of feeling good.

There is truly nothing like feeling your healthiest. Nothing. It’s truly the biggest gift you can give those around you; your mood is better, you are capable of working harder, you feel more exhilarated and you are the best version of yourself.

Any products that aid me in getting to that place deserve a heck of a lot of praise. No matter how healthy you currently feel you are, I believe incorporating products like this, at the very least for a period of time–is a great thing. GMOs, toxic chemicals in our environment stress, less-than-awesome food choices, and stress all damage the gut over time. Very few people on the planet, if any, have a perfectly healthy gut because of this.

Thus, it helps to have some gut healers help out, like the Sovereign Labs products. The cool thing is that once you simply get in the habit of taking your supplements, you start feeling the benefits and it feels like a small price to pay for your health.

Not All Gut Health Products are Created Equal

It worth mentioning that with so many products out there that are claiming to target “gut health”. it’s worth learning more about the company about the products you invest in. Have they been studied extensively? Or are their just some buzz word ingredients in there?

It’s been neat to learn more about this brand and get familiar with how their products have helped so many people alleviate myriad of health issues through healing their gut. It allllll begins and comes back to the gut.

Have any specific questions about these products, my experience, or just want to share your gut health journey? Comment below!

The Eczema Company: Manuka Honey Eczema Cream Review

The Eczema Company: Manuka Honey Eczema Cream by Yoro Naturals

About:

creamy balm thick in texture and rich in emollients, the Manuka Honey Skin Cream is our top seller because it moisturizes even the dryest of skin. Organic New Zealand Manuka honey is combined with organic tree nut-free oils and beeswax to create this gentle, nourishing Manuka honey eczema product that will not burn or sting the skin. Our “Manuka cream” is a surprisingly soft and creamy oil based balm, rather than a true water based eczema cream that’s excellent for soothing and calming irritated skin.

What is Manuka honey and Manuka Oil?

Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and is created when bees pollinate the Manuka bush, a relative of the tea tree. Manuka oil is extracted from the leaves of the Manuka bush. Manuka oil is actually 10 times more potent than tea tree oil. Manuka and tea tree oil are ancient remedies used worldwide for a variety of ailments. Unlike the very medicinal odor of tea tree oil, Manuka oil and honey have a lovely delicately sweet scent. What else makes Manuka honey so incredible? It contains 1,000 times more methylglyoxal than other forms of honey. Methylglyoxal is what gives honey it’s anti-bacterial properties and which makes honey so beneficial.

The level of methylglyoxal in manuka honey is 1,000 times greater than most regular honeys

  • Great for soothing dry skin.
  • Active 16+ Manuka honey from New Zealand – 3rd party lab certified.
  • Hand Crafted.
  • GMO free.
  • NOT gamma radiation treated.
  • Made in Canada.

My Experience:

My facial complexion was been a focus of my self-care since I was a teenager. I battled cystic acne for many years. While that’s a thing of my past and I rarely get breakouts, I do have an uneven complexion due to sunspots and redness (likely related to what I’m eating).

Of course, what I put on my skin also effects how it looks. I use exclusively clean skincare (almost always 100% organic, with the exception of the makeup I wear). Even though my skincare routine is clean and my diet is mostly healthy + nourishing, I’m human and imperfect. There are days I don’t drink enough water, splurge on food here and there and/or drink several rum + club sodas.

While I do my best to not attach any guilt nor shame to those things, I do realize that my skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside my body. I’m always open to experiment with skincare to help reduce my facial puffiness, redness and uneven skin tone.

I was excited to collab again (you can read my thoughts on some of their other products here) with the Eczema Company to try this product and compile my experience in a blog post.

I’ve always been aware and a fan of Manuka honey and the myriad benefits if can provide for many aspects of overall wellness. It’s been a long time since I’ve used it on my skin, and I don’t believe I’ve ever used a Manuka honey based skincare product of this quality. I like that it contains Olive oil (I like to rotate my facial oils and most of them contain a nut-based oil).

I’ve been applying this Manuka Honey Eczema cream to my face (with a focus on my red cheek area) at night on a fresh face after cleansing) for about a week now. I don’t think that the redness on my face is eczema, but I do think it can be helped by a cream that targets inflammation.

So far, I can definitely tell a difference in my skin redness. Very encouraging!

Diet + boozing impacts my skin quite a bit, so i never expect a face product to be a cure all. but when it makes a noticeable difference, it’s so rad. HONEY FTW 🍯

You can try this product for your skin woes here.